Review: 2011 Challis Lane Old Vine Zinfandel

This Old Vine Zinfandel won’t blow your socks off, but it’s a smooth, very gulp-able wine with just a bit of zest at the end.


This fruity wine smells like berries and tastes like them, too. This plum-purple drink will make your teeth just as mauve, so be careful not to pose for any pictures after taking a sip. My other half said he could see my once pearly whites coated in purple from the couch when I was in the kitchen, and that’s a good 5-foot distance.


Nuts and Bolts

  • Winery: Challis Lane
  • Type: Old Vine Zinfandel
  • Origin: Manteca
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Price: Gifted
  • Alcohol content: 13.5%
  • When to drink: I could see this pleasing a varied crowd. Bring this over to your gal pal’s place next time you have a “Girls” or “Parks & Recreation” viewing party. If you can’t tell, on the TV, in the background, is the latter.